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Tenth Dems May 2015 Newsletter

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Tenth Dems newsletter May 2015

In this issue of Tenth News:

Hope Inspires High School Authors in Community Connection Writing Competition
by Carol Hillsberg
The night of April 14th was memorable for all who attended the Fifth Annual Community Connection Writing Competition, and Tenth News covered it all.

Two Iconic Illinois Democrats…
by Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
The latest Tenth Dems University session celebrated two giants of Illinois Democratic politics.

Congress Watch: Dold and Kirk Vote to Gut Medicare and Other Health and Social Programs, Increase Defense Spending, and Lower Taxes on the Wealthiest Americans
by Ronald Altman
Congress just recently completed the process of passing a budget, and both Bob Dold in the House and Mark Kirk in the Senate made sure their “Ayes” were counted toward this reactionary piece of legislation. How reactionary, you may ask? Let us tell you. Welcome to this month’s Congress Watch.

Why Our Restrictive Immigration Policy is Just Plain Wrong
by Barbara Altman
Immigration policy in America has gone completely off the rails, as the author of this story will passionately explain.

Ted Cruz Believes He’s the New Galileo
by Steven Gan
The race for the White House is heating up already, and the Republicans are contributing more than their share of hot air, and overheated candidates, to the mix, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

An Evening with Alan Grayson
by Adrienne Kirshbaum
The evening of April 8th, Pinstripes in Northbrook was rocking to the wit and wisdom of Rep. Alan Grayson.

State Senator Daniel Biss, a Pragmatic Advocate for Democratic Values
What is the Health Care Right of Conscience Act? It’s a piece of legislation in need of serious repair—so says Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss.

Monthly Newsletter: A bright future for local Democrats, Contrasting the Republican Presidential candidates, and more

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Tenth Dems April 2015 Newsletter

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Tenth Dems Newsletter Apr. 2015

In this issue of Tenth News:

Jacqueline Herrera Giron for 9th Ward Alderman: A Tireless Advocate for Waukegan
 by Eleonora di Liscia
Just ahead of the April election, we profile Jacqueline Herrera Giron, the Democratic candidate for 9th Ward Alderman in Waukegan.

Local Democrats Express Ambitions for a Bright Future
by Claire Esker
A report of the Moraine Township Democrats’ pre- local election gathering with local officials, told in words and pictures.

Two Free Tenth Dems Events in April Focus on the Next Generation
The first full month of spring features two exciting events, both focusing on the next generation: a special Tenth Dems University presentation featuring two of Illinois’ most respected statesmen, Abner Mikva and Adlai Stevenson III, and the 5th Annual Community Connection Poetry and Prose Competition and Awards Night.    

The Top 10 Republican Presidential Candidates – The Cast of a New Reality TV Show?
by Steven Gan
Enjoy the author’s take on the top ten (well, 11, actually) Republican presidential hopefuls.

Distributed Solar: The Best Renewable Energy
by Donnie R. Dann
A standout among other forms of renewable energy, distributed solar is both wildlife-friendly and relatively low-cost.

Congress Watch: Kirk Signs Open Letter to Iran; Goes Along with Republican Leadership on Abortion Restrictions and Anti-Immigrant Homeland Security Funding Bills.
by Barbara Altman
Senator Mark Kirk portrays himself as a moderate voice in his party’s increasingly extremist caucus.  So why doesn’t he stand up to his caucus on important issues like immigration and women’s access to reproductive choice?  And could he really have read that open letter to Iran before he went along with the 46 other Republicans who signed it?

Believer by David Axelrod: A Story of Politics as a Calling
by Mark Rosenberg
Some thoughts about the recently-published memoirs of one of the most compelling Democratic political operatives of our time.


Marriage, Jobs, Obamacare, and more …

2015 March Newsletter

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In this issue of Tenth News:


If Marriage Equality Can Happen In Alabama, the Writing Is Clearly On the Wall
by Steven Gan
Even the infamous Judge Roy Moore couldn’t stop same-sex marriage in Alabama.

A Morning at the Job Interview Workshop
by Dave DuBordieu
A personal account of a morning in the life of a volunteer facilitator at the Tenth Dems Community Connection monthly job interview/job retention workshop.

Tenth Dems Enjoys Political Satire by the Capitol Steps
by Mark Levy
Tenth Dems members have made it their annual comic duty to see the Capitol Steps perform cutting-edge political satire, and this year’s performance did not disappoint.

Stand United in the Pursuit of Peace
by Karim Pakravan
Negotiations with Iran to prevent its becoming a nuclear power stand at a crossroads, and the stakes could not be higher. The perspective of one Iranian-American living in the 10th Congressional District..

The Affordable Care Act Five Years After Enactment
by Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
This landmark legislation is now five years old, and the second open enrollment season has just closed, so now is a good time to take a look at just how well the law known as Obamacare has worked.

Medicaid Expansion In Illinois Should Be Praised
by Julie Hamos
The decision to expand Medicaid in Illinois in 2013 has made much-needed healthcare available to more than a half-million Illinoisans. The benefits far outweigh the modest costs to the state, as the federal government is responsible for 100 percent of those costs through 2016.

King v. Burwell: The Latest Legal Assault on the Affordable Care Act
by Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
The latest Republican effort to undo the Affordable Care Act is being played out in the Supreme Court. What are the issues the Court has to decide, and what would be the consequences if the challenge succeeded?

Tenth Dems Community Connection 5th Annual Poetry and Prose Contest and Awards Night
This highly anticipated annual event is now set for Tuesday evening, April 14. Save the date.

All You Need Is Love…and Tenth Dems
by Lisa Radin
Last fall’s elections may be over, but there’s much to be done as the next cycle gets underway.  Beatles song titles proliferate in this description of what it means to be a part of Tenth Dems.